Amistad Reviews

January 9, 2018
The narrative perils are daunting in this little-known true tale of a bloody slave-ship rebellion in 1839 and its jumbled aftermath in the U.S. judicial system.
September 7, 2011
June 24, 2006
In short, a wordy courtroom drama which seldom progresses beyond ciphers, stereotypes and salutary slogans.
June 18, 2002
In Amistad, an admirable but disappointing effort...[Speilberg] veers between stoic political correctness and mushy Hollywood platitudes.
April 12, 2002
Spielberg seems to be dividing his filmmaking output into two distinct halves: in the summer months cranking out no-brainer dinosaur flicks...in the winter season unveiling his serious artistic stuff to edify the adults and woo the Oscar crowd.
April 17, 2001
Brief moments of visceral fire allow glimpses into the rousing movie this could have been.
January 1, 2000
Halfway into Amistad comes the point where Steven Spielberg pulls the lever, and the stink and horror and bestialities of slavery spill around our ankles. We can't look away.
January 1, 2000
Thematically rich, impeccably crafted, and intellectually stimulating, the only area where this movie falls a little short is in its emotional impact.
January 1, 2000
As Spielberg vehicles go, Amistad -- part mystery, action thriller, courtroom drama, even culture-clash comedy -- lands between the disturbing lyricism of Schindler's List and the storybook artificiality of The Color Purple.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
What is most valuable about Amistad is the way it provides faces and names for its African characters, whom the movies so often make into faceless victims.
January 1, 2000
Amistad is prestige filmmaking bereft of inspiration -- sometimes even of the nuts and bolts of craft.
January 1, 2000
The best parts of Amistad are those that simply bring their pride, fear and outrage to life.
December 12, 1997